Volunteering Role

As a Volunteer, there are roles and responsibilities that come with befriending. These responsibilities are not meant to deter or discourage potential volunteers but to help and support them throughout their time with us.

A befriender is someone who, after a period of vetting and training, makes a commitment to an elderly person to spend time with them on a weekly basis. This involves 1 to 2 hours of commitment each week.

The Role of a Befriender

To offer time to an elderly person on a weekly basis for 1 to 2 hours

To build up a trusting supportive relationship with the elderly person

To establish and maintain appropriate boundaries within the befriending relationship

To be aware of and work within Befriend Motherwell’s policies, procedures, and practices

To offer acceptance and understanding to an elderly person

To be reliable and consistent

To maintain close communication with Befriend Motherwell staff through regular support and supervision

To inform staff of any concerns about the elderly person

To respect confidentiality

To work with an anti-discrimination approach

To attend additional training throughout Befriending

To attend support meetings as agreed with the Befriending Coordinator

To submit expense claims monthly.

Befriend Motherwell staff are here to help and support volunteers. As an organisation we wish to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who offer their time to help others within the community. If it was not for them then our organisation would simply not exist.